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Café du Monde

Café, Donut Shop, and Coffee Shop$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
  • This café is famous for their beignets. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Lee S.
    "The real beignet spot - never mind the line, well worth the wait."(715 Tips)
    "Piping hot beignets are divine, and I LOVE the Cafe au Lait!"(154 Tips)
    Tom A.
    "Get the frozen cafe au lait, you won't regret it"(22 Tips)
    Chantell R. L.
    "Love this crowded messy place!"(31 Tips)
1,400 Tips and reviews
  • beignets
  • cafe au lait
  • coffee
  • lively
  • casual
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  • Camille V.
    Camille VerdierOctober 11, 2015
    ALWAYS crowded, but you will always find a seat. Great for a quick bite, but pretty noisy. You HAVE to try the beignets and Café au lait. It's a delicious little treat you have to try when visiting NO
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Paulina M.
    Paulina MartinJune 28, 2016
    Beignets will be unlike any dessert you have ever tried. The moment you take a bite, it takes you back to your childhood, brings you eternal youth and makes you feel like youre sliding down a rainbow.
    Upvoted Dec 26, 2017
  • Erin L.
    Erin LeeMay 6, 2017
    For the sugar conscious: you can order without the powder sugar. Fried dough delicious with or without the white crack.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Sabeen
    SabeenOctober 4, 2015
    The beignets were everything I expected and more - best eaten hot and fresh. Worth the wait, grab some of their beignet mix to take home because trust me, you're going to crave these one you're home
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Constantin
    ConstantinJuly 9, 2016
    This is the place for awesome French donuts. Don't get it confused with "New Orleans Famous Beignets and Coffee" which is just down the street. It is not the same by far...Go only here! (cash only)
  • Vivian E.
    Vivian EOctober 21, 2016
    Across the dine in seating is a take out line, easy and efficient. Marginally better than Cafe Beignet. I honestly don't get the hype, wish everyone could try Punahou carnival malasadas
    Upvoted Dec 26, 2017
  • John G.
    John GibbonsJuly 7, 2013
    Since 1862. Open 24/7. It's a NoLa institution. Go here and try the beignets once and then go try the beignets at Cafe Beignet. These aren't bad at all, but they aren't best. Cafe Beignet for the win.
    Upvoted Dec 26, 2017
  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.June 1, 2017
    WOW! Such a simple concept and executed just perfectly - grab an order of beignets and a cafe au lait (or frozen) and enjoy! Affordable. Delicious. Amazing.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMarch 29, 2016
    Mardi Gras is just an excuse to chow down on beignets from the legendary Café du Monde. This Louisiana treat--fried dough covered in powdered sugar--is what every other doughnut dreams of becoming. Read more
  • Wendy Q.
    Wendy QiMay 9, 2016
    New Orleans staple -- always make time for a few minutes to grab beignets and coffee. Open 24 hours // cash only
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyFebruary 2, 2015
    Best time to come is evenings and early nights, beautiful setting. Relax, grab a table, sip your coffee, and take in the scenery and music around you. Romantic spot after sunset.
  • Hoggie n.
    Hoggie nguyenJanuary 11, 2015
    Expect a wait...try to get one of the waiters and place a Take out order directly with him/her rather to wait to order at window. Make a mention you take care of them, and please do. They will behappy
  • Tiger T.
    Tiger TJune 9, 2017
    The beignets, fluffy little pillows of delight dusted with confectioner powder! Cafe au lait, a coffee thats half hot milk & the other half coffee... try it for a french flair for coffee and pastry!
  • Natalia C.
    Natalia CruzApril 3, 2015
    There is not other cafe at New Orleans with beignets like this. Are really awesome. Try to take a table, or just take an order to go while you walk trough the French Market
  • Dave S.
    Dave SawyerMarch 8, 2015
    Better on a cold day. Less crowded and more appetizing. But, a must while in town either way. Stick to the classic beignet and café au lait.
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley GriderAugust 22, 2015
    We went just for the beignets. Tip: if you don't care about sitting and getting coffee, order at the to go window and eat as you walk or rest at the river with your bag of goodies.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MillerFebruary 26, 2015
    A NOLA must! Gotta keep your eyes peeled for an open table though, and the service is depressing (no one is happy to be working there). THE best coffee - take home a can!
  • Stefani
    StefaniApril 20, 2016
    There is always a line in the morning and afternoon... But no lines in the evening... Lines go fast so don't worry. Always a small band playing music on the street for you to enjoy!
  • Becky C.
    Becky CainJuly 30, 2014
    This is a must every trip to the French Quarter! Been there, done that, bought the hat! Btw... Their hats are 15 cents to buy. Great for kids or scrapbookers like myself!
  • Dariah T.
    Dariah TruesdellJuly 26, 2013
    No trip to New Orleans is complete till you visit cafe du monde. Beignets and cafe au lait are worth the wait. Use the powdered sugar from the beignet to sweeten the coffee.
  • Aye
    AyeJanuary 6, 2015
    When in Nawlins, a must visit! I have been to this city numerous times in the past 2 decads Just order, sit back, enjoy fried dough w a sip of coffee. enjoy people watching & street performances!
  • Jon Jon
    Jon JonAugust 19, 2016
    The place to be for beignets and cafe au lait. But give their hot chocolate a try as well. It's a cash business only and can get crowded so be ready to wait.
  • Jim L.
    Jim L.November 9, 2017
    First time back in long time. Nothing has changed. Love the beignets and black coffee. Got ours at to go and enjoyed them in Jackson Sq.. Can also get your beignet fix at Morning Call at the City Park
  • Natalie
    NatalieSeptember 29, 2015
    Absolutely amazing and completely worth the wait. If the line seems too long for you now just come back when it's not breakfast hours, it will most likely be shorter.
  • Shannon P.
    Shannon PrimeauxSeptember 22, 2015
    Their beignets and coffee are off the chain! You definitely want to drop by here before leaving New Orleans. Even if it's crowded and you have to wait for a table, the line moves quickly. Worth it!
  • ブルーノ
    ブルーノJune 8, 2017
    Found the beignets just ok(and I LOVE sweets). A little bit overrated place, anyway a visit is a must when in town for the 1st time. Came after dinner and found no lines at all, got my beignet quickly
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchMay 16, 2017
    No visit to New Orleans is complete without beignets from Café du Monde. While the spot infamous for beignets and chickory coffee has expanded to multiple locations, they usually all have lines. Read more
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GApril 4, 2013
    We were there in April and even at 12 at night this place was busy! Excellent little cafe to grab a warm drink and a beignet! They come out warm, too. I miss this place already!
  • jennifer h.
    jennifer hanFebruary 4
    if the line is crazy, walk to the back (cut through the cafe or go around outside past the gray line booth) where there’s a take-out window. right outside there is ledge seating all along the walkway.
  • Libby L.
    Libby LeeFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Stop by here for beignets and cafe au lait. Love that they have a frozen cafe au lait as well. If it is a busy day, go to the to go orders and enjoy your beignets by the river.
  • Deniz B.
    Deniz BMay 31, 2017
    tasty beignets and ice latte. the service is fast but the communication with the waitress was difficult. be ready to wait half an hour under the sun to get a table. a long line also for the restrooms
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaNovember 22, 2015
    Must stop during your trip to New Orleans. If the line is long go around the side to the take out window and take your beignets across the street and sit in Jackson Square and take in the view.
  • Kayla!
    Kayla!August 18, 2014
    Yes, it's cliché and a number one tourist spot, and yes, you should go. It's a classic not to be missed. Beignets are warm and coffee is good. Three (small) beignets per order, by the way.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerMay 7, 2017
    The beignets are delicious! Order a cup of fresh coffee to top it off. Also, make sure you bring cash! They don't take credit or debit cards.
  • JamieLynne W.
    JamieLynne WeissJuly 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The one place in your life where you can truly order everything on the menu! Lines can be long so be prepared or come during off peak hours.
  • Tracy V.
    Tracy Vaughn SchultzAugust 7, 2014
    Be patient&kind to the waitstaff. You look like an asshat snapping at them as they are run by with a tray full of dishes or food. Take a look around; you're not the only table waiting! Worth the wait!
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaJuly 1, 2013
    The challenge is to not get the powdered sugar on you face. When in NOLA this is a must beignets (3) and the cafe au lait. Go really late at night or during the week. Wait can be very long.
  • Bob C.
    Bob CareyMarch 12, 2015
    Classic New Orleans! Love the beignets and coffee. Can be crowded but take some time for the experience. I never miss stopping when I'm in NOLA
  • Emily S.
    Emily SimonOctober 9, 2017
    Absolutely the best Beignets in NOLA. Always crowded for a reason, but don't let that scare you. If you see an open table, go sit down at it without hesitation!! Don't waste your time in line.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezNovember 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Come later in the day or early in the morning! And go for the hot Cafe au Lait once and then grab the frozen. It's a coffee slushie!
  • Wil R.
    Wil ReynoldsSeptember 29, 2014
    Beignets and coffee, what else! This place is open 24 hours and is a must visit while in new Orleans.
  • Addie G.
    Addie GNovember 15, 2013
    Was here three times in our last visit to new orleans. Waitstaff is super friendly. Loved the coffee and beignets. Cant wait to go back! Only down side is that they r cash only.
  • Katerina M.
    Katerina MatsaApril 22, 2014
    Usually there is a line, but be aware that no one is seating you, so you need to fight for a table. However, it is definitely worth the wait. Delicious beignets and great service!
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SandersNovember 21, 2016
    Classic, must-visit New Orleans establishment. Beignets are delicious and paired perfectly with coffee. Come at off hours to avoid long lines.
  • Mirella B.
    Mirella BroylesOctober 18, 2013
    What can I say? The place speaks for itself! You are going for the beignets, the best coffee, and the NO experience- don't assume to get good service.
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoNovember 11, 2011
    "If you're ordering the delicious French-style beignets here, don't wear black." - Conan O'Brien
  • Sirus O.
    Sirus OrndoffFebruary 12, 2015
    Patio and inside is self seating. Order everything when your server comes to your table the first time. Water, cafe a lait, beginetes. Pay with cash when they bring you everything at once.
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterAugust 15, 2014
    No trip to New Orleans would be complete without several visits here. Grab a table, order the best beignets you'll ever have and wash them down with some iced chicory cafe au lait.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsDecember 4, 2013
    The quintessential New Orleans beignet experience, especially if you hit up the French Quarter location. Try them with chocolate milk.
  • Kelsey A.
    Kelsey AndersonNovember 29, 2014
    Waits are always long. If you just want to enjoy the beignets and coffee, go around to the back line and ask for take out. You'll pay extra, but it'll save you an hour.
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